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All students interested in Financial Aid should begin by completing a FAFSA application on or before March 1st at  For assistance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (303) 556-8593.

All students interested in Scholarships should complete a scholarship application with the MSU Denver Scholarship Center.  The Scholarship Center can be reached at (303) 556-6384.


Start by reviewing the School of Education scholarships

Visit the Scholarship Center website for more information on applying for non-School of Education scholarships.  You can also view the entire list of available scholarships here: Women's Studies Scholarships page.

Additional scholarships that may relate to Education students:

Richard D. & Mary Pat McCormick Endowed Scholarship

3.5 GPA; financial need-based (FAFSA), degree- or licensure-seeking student; preference to teacher education candidate who is willing to student teach at a Parochial school and interested in teaching at a Parochial school upon graduation.  Scholarship Center, (303) 556-6384.

The Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)

Two tuition award programs for early childhood emphasis.   Visit the CAEYC website for details.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Award

$10,000 yearly awarded to secondary math and science education students. Visit the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation website for details.


Pell Grant

Pell Grant is offered to undergraduate first degree-seeking students who qualify.  Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information on qualifications for the Pell Grant.


Federal TEACH Grant

Undergraduate Teacher Education students seeking licensure in secondary math or science, special education, K-12 modern languages (Spanish), or elementary education with an added endorsement in linguistically diverse may be eligible to apply for a Federal TEACH Grant.  Contact the Office of Financial Aid for eligibility information.


Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program

Forgives the remaining balance on your Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years).  View complete program details.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

Forgives up to $17,500 of your Direct or FFEL Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans after 5 complete and consecutive years of teaching at a qualifying school.  View complete program details.

Perkins Loan Cancellation for Teachers

Forgives up to 100% of your Federal Perkins Loan Program if you teach full-time at a low-income school, or if you teach certain subjects. View complete program details (scroll down to "Teacher Cancellation").

State-Sponsored Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Tons of states offer loan forgiveness programs for teachers—especially if you teach in a high need area. The American Federation of Teachers has a great searchable database you can use to find state and local forgiveness programs you might qualify for.

For more information on loan forgiveness for teachers, visit the Federal Student Aid webpage for Teacher Loan Forgiveness or meet with a counselor at the MSU Denver Office of Financial Aid, Student Success Building, (303) 556-8593.

More information on Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers



Work Opportunities

Work-study positions at MSU Denver

Visit the Student Employment Opportunities web page on the Human Resources site to search available work-study and student hourly jobs at MSU Denver. To earn work-study funding, you must apply for a work-study grant through the Office of Financial Aid.

Substitute Teaching

Pay for substitute teaching is approximately $80-$120 a day.  Teacher candidates with a bachelor’s degree can get a license to substitute teach for three years.  Opportunities vary by district and subject shortage areas.  Visit the Colorado Department of Education website for details and application.

MSU Denver offers a one-credit-hour substitute teaching workshop.  This class, EDU 4700, is offered three times a year.  Check the class schedule or contact the Extended Campus at (303) 721-1313 for more information on this workshop.

Internship Program

This is an intensive student teaching/learning experience for which eligible students receive the salary of a first year teacher offered at the discretion of individual school districts.  The program is available mainly in high demand areas.  Visit the Student Teaching Office in WC 136E for details.


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